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Old 12-25-2010, 07:38 PM   #1
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Brewed a batch of Dennys rye P.A. Yesterday and put it in a 6 gal bucket. I made a two qt starter and the batch ended up being 5.25 - 5.5 gallons. The air lock was going within a couple of hours and this morning it was at full blast. Mid day I noticed kreusen in the air lock. After cleaning it twice I decided I needed a blow out tube. Never needed one before. Hooked it up and I'm glad I did. Thing is kicking like Bruce Lee! So much crap coming through it's making the starsan in the jug overflow.

I've never had such an aggressive fermentation.

BTW - I used Greenbelt yeast that my brother gave me as a gift. He flew in with it from Austin so iwasnt sure what kind of shape it would be in. ...guess it was ok.

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Old 12-25-2010, 09:41 PM   #2
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Sounds like good stuff. I am always happy when I get a great fermentation.

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Old 12-26-2010, 02:29 AM   #3
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I always use a blow off tube for primary just for that reason. I also made that beer already and it is very good.

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I had to do that today for my first batch ever. Airlock got clogged 2x in an hour on my dunkelweizen. Went out and made a blow out tube and its working alot better. I might try the airlock again in my secondary but I'll be gone that week so maybe I'll just stick with the tube

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Mine went crazy for two days straight, then calmed down some last night. I popped the air lock in and all seems well. Nice to have such a vigorous fermentation. I bet its already 90% done.

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Just make sure your catch tank is big enough or you might go check on your beer and find...



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After reading numerous horror stories on this board, I make it a regular practice to use a blowoff tube for the first 48-72 hours of vigorous fermentation. If it is still fermenting vigorously after 72 hours, I'll leave the blowoff in until the process calms down. When I rack it over to secondary/brite tank, I use the regular three-piece airlock. It's called "peace of mind."

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Nice. At least it wasn't an explosion. That's what I was worried about.

I've never even had close to this problem until this batch. Blow off tube may be a good practice for every batch.
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What size tubing do you use from the carboy to overflow? The mouth of the carboy is pretty large? Are you using a stopper, sran wrap, duct tape, or?

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I bought some cheap tubing from HD. I don't know the OD off hand, but it was a VERY snug fit in the top of my bucket. I had to cut at a sharp angle and use some force to get it in. This created a tight seal.

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